Current Exhibitions

Cracking Art 

June 16  – September 2, 2018
Member Preview: June 15, 2018

Cracking Art is a Milan, Italy-based artist collective born out of the intention to radically change the history of art by investigating the relationship between natural and artificial reality. By using 100% recyclable plastic materials, Cracking Art creates site-specific installations using large-scale, natural animal forms made of synthetic materials, playfully arranging meerkats, bears, crocodiles, birds, and other animals in surprising invasions of familiar landscapes. The artists of Cracking Art will collaborate with Cheekwood to share a truly unique and extraordinary visual experience this summer.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence
Gabriel Dawe 

Fields of Light
September 22  – December 30, 2018

Cheekwood welcomes Gabriel Dawe as its 2018 Artist-in-Residence. Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, shapes and forms. Centered in the exploration of textiles, Dawe’s site-specific works feature three-dimensional, tangible prisms of light and color.

The Continuity of Context: Five Artists in Dialogue with Cheekwood’s Collection

September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Jeremiah Ariaz, Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood, Jack Spencer, Vadis Turner and selections from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection

For the Fall 2018 exhibition, Cheekwood has invited Tennessee-based and regional artists to collapse the notion of contemporary and bring to the fore the ever-evolving cycle of art production and the tropes that have remained consistent throughout time. Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood and Vadis Turner, all Nashville artists, will be producing new work responding to pieces in our permanent collection. Jeremiah Ariaz and Jack Spencer’s photographs will be presented alongside the John and Margaret Hill Collection, which explores myths about the American West. Showcasing the work of living artists tackling similar conceptual and visual conversations demonstrates the enduring relevance of themes and so, the exhibition endeavors to initiate a dialogue between historic and contemporary art and continue a cycle of creative inspiration and response.

Scout of the Caravan, oil on fabric by Oscar E. Berninghaus. Gift of the Estate of John and Margaret Hill. 1994.19.22

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition
February 2  – March 2, 2019

Since 1992 Cheekwood has had the honor of presenting the Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition for Middle Tennessee. The Scholastic Art Competition is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to receive recognition for excellence in visual arts.

The 2019 competition opens for online submissions in September and closes on December 13. See Scholastic’s “How to Enter” webpage for instructions on submitting works.

More information on the 2019 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition will be available soon.

Click here to see a list of the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Award Winners.

Click here to access the Middle Tennessee Art Region page, which contains deadlines and further information on participation.

Click here to see previous year’s winning works on Scholastic’s Online Gallery.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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